A Bill of rights for South Africa
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A Bill of rights for South Africa proceedings of symposium held at the University of Pretoria on 1 and 2 May 1986 = ʼn Menseregtehandves vir Suid-Afrika : verrigtinge van "n simposium gehou by die Universiteit van Pretoria op 1 en 2 Mei 1986 by

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Published by Butterworths in Durban .
Written in English



  • South Africa


  • Civil rights -- South Africa -- Congresses.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Other titlesMenseregtehandves vir Suid-Afrika.
Statementeditors, Johann van der Westhuizen, Henning Viljoen.
ContributionsVan der Westhuizen, Johann., Viljoen, H. P.
LC ClassificationsMLCM 92/12046 (D)
The Physical Object
Paginationvi, 188 p. ;
Number of Pages188
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2242081M
ISBN 100409061085
LC Control Number89114371

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  In late , South Africa’s Constitution acquired the force of law. Its Bill of Rights enshrined a range of fundamental rights to which all South Africans are entitled. In a marked breach with the past, citizens’ rights would no longer depend upon the pigment of their skin or other idiosyncratic features. Today, 21 years since its inception, the Constitution has acquired an almost.   This entry about South African constitutional law: the Bill of Rights has been published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY ) licence, which permits unrestricted use and reproduction, provided the author or authors of the South African constitutional law: the Bill of Rights entry and the Encyclopedia of Law are in. ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: "In association with the Law Society of South Africa." Description: 1, pages ; 25 cm. The first Constitution for the Union of South Africa was adopted in This gave rights to the white minority but took away the right to vote of the majority of South Africans. • In the white government held a referendum to decide whether South Africa would become a Republic. On 31 May South Africa was declared a RepublicFile Size: 2MB.

This publication will assist researchers, students and the public in their understanding of socio-economic rights. The book considers whether the rights listed in the Bill of Rights have been given effect to and gives an understanding of the processes followed by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in monitoring such rights. He places South Africa's legal order in a comparative context, examining the climate of legal opinion, crucial judicial decisions, and their significance in relation to contemporary thought and practice in England, America, and elsewhere. He also considers South Africa's laws in the light of its history, politics, and culture. On 21 March, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day. This day is a commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre and how far the nation has come in the protection of fundamental human rights. Today the fundamental rights of South Africans are enshrined in our Constitution under the Bill of Rights. Socio-economic rights are those rights that give people access to certain basic needs necessary for human beings to lead a dignified life. Government and, in certain circumstances, private individuals and bodies, can be held accountable if they do not respect, protect, promote and fulfil these rights Socio-economic rights are especially relevant for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society.

Chapter 3 of the interim Constitution introduced legally protected fundamental rights to South Africa for the first time. Now fundamental human rights are entrenched in Chapter 2 - sections 7 to 39 - of the Constitution. The Bill of Rights is arguably the part of the Constitution that has had the greatest impact on life in this country. BILL OF RIGHTS Rights 7. (1) This Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. (2) The state must respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights. South Africa’s Bill of Rights, December The ANC circulated a preliminary text for a bill of rights in during the negotiations to transition from white minority to black majority rule. Like the text of the Freedom Charter in , this draft was based on the input of thousands of ordinary South Africans. court to protect your rights. 5. How the Bill of Rights works The Bill of Rights has to be followed by government, all the people and organisations in South Africa. It is mainly there to protect people from all types of abuse and to ensure that they enjoy their rights. You can use the Bill of Rights to stop government, individuals and.